Mar. 14, ,2013 9:33 a.m. P1230042
Here is a Sausage Fly at LBJ WC. These little guys are males of Neivamyrmex Legionary Ant. Formicid.
Mar. 14, 2013 9:33 a.m. P1230043
Here is a better look at the Sausage Fly--the Neivamyrmex Legionary Ant--at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Formicid.
Mar. 27, 2014 8:15 a.m. P1340173
The Sausage Fly is a large male ant whose body is swollen with sperm until it looks like a sausage. The term was first applied to African ants, but is used here to refer to large male Legionary Ants. This one is a Neivamyrmex species. If the male encounters drones of its species, they will rip off his wings and take him to a virgin female, where he breeds and dies happy. Seen at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Formicid.